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Pitt lineman Liam Dick enters NCAA transfer portal

Pitt offensive lineman Liam Dick entered the NCAA transfer portal on Monday, according to Rivals. The Canadian tackle committed to Pitt in 2018 but never saw the field after redshirting as a freshman during the 2019 season.

Dick was one of 17 offensive linemen on the Pitt roster at the time of his departure. At the time of his commitment on Dec. 19, 2018, Pitt was expected to return 12 linemen from the previous season and had a commitment from Matt Goncalves. That meant Dick would be one of 14 players competing for a job on the line.

However, since Dick arrived at Pitt, six more linemen were recruited, two linemen transferred into the program, two walk-ons joined the position group and tight end Jason Collier moved to the line. And in a crowded group, Dick struggled to move up the depth chart.

The 6’7”, 320-pound lineman was once considered the No. 1 prospect in Ontario, according to 247Sports, which assigned him a three-star rating. The recruiting website also ranked him as the No. 82 offensive tackle in the 2019 class. But Rivals considered him a two-star prospect and did not have him ranked.

During his recruitment, Dick drew 11 offers, including four from Power Five programs. The three major programs other than Pitt to offer him were Louisville, North Carolina and Washington State. Given their past interest, Dick could end up at another Power Five team and even one in the ACC. That would make him the second Pitt transfer to do so, as Carson Van Lynn was recently picked up by Duke.

Dick is the fifth Pitt player to enter the transfer portal this year. In addition to Dick and Van Lynn, Logan Clouse, Will Gipson and Malik Newton all announced plans to leave the team. At this point, Van Lynn is the only Pitt transfer whose next destination has been revealed.